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DCS Responds To Lawsuit, Calls It 'Inflammatory'

Brandon Smith
IPB News

The Indiana Department of Child Services is responding to a class action lawsuit alleging the agency is failing the children in its care.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of nine children seeks policy changes at DCS. According to the complaint, some of those children have been shuffled between foster homes more than 15 times.


But DCS Director Terry Stigdon says the lawsuit is cherry-picking cases. In a video statement, she notes the average number of foster homes a child in DCS care lives in is two.


“Put frankly, DCS is simply not the agency it used to be," Stigdon says. "And continuing to rely on an outdated inflammatory account is misleading and harmful to children and their families.”


Stigdon’s statement outlines the progress she says the agency has made over the last year. And she says the lawsuit won’t “distract” DCS from its mission to continue improvement.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.